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Political Knowledge in Germany - Preliminary Survey (2008)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Westle, Bettina (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Publication Date
  • Infratest dimap, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Life-long/continuing education
    • Politics
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Preliminary surveys on the representative survey on factual knowledge about politics in Germany (2009): political structures, institutions, functions, parties and politicians, issues in Germany and the EU. Preliminary survey 1: Topics: opinion on the equality of same-sex partnerships with marriages and the expansion of municipal electoral law for non-EU foreigners; presumed position of the parties CDU / CSU, SPD, FDP, Greens and Die Linke to the above-mentioned topics; interest in politics; political knowledge (quiz questions, split in the question, answer don’t know only split 1, rotation of the questionnaire for all random questions): federal constitution (all power emanates from the people), task of the Federal Council, active equality of women and men according to the federal constitution, emergency legislation, current expenditure of federal budget, aim of the solidarity surcharge, parental leave, amount of the annual basic income of the income tax for single persons, dynamic pension. Preliminary survey 2: Topics: interest in politics; political knowledge (quiz questions, split in questions, rotation of items 1-3): pregnancy abortion for social reasons according to § 218, task of the Birthler authority (formerly Gauck authority), unemployment rate in East Germany and West Germany, share of the working women in the labor market, aim of the Radikalenerlass, number of care categories of the long-term care insurance, main objectives of the United Nation, reason why the Berlin Wall was designated an antifacist barrier, the reason for the foundation of the Warsaw Pact, the main target of the organization ATTAC, aim of the Adenauer government with regard to the Hallstein doctrine, the percentage of the gross domestic product used for development aid, encouraged field by the European Social Fund, the objective of the European Anti-Discrimination Directive, the amount of the new debt ratio as measured by the gross domestic product according to the Euro Stability Pact, the Bologna process, the year of accession of the FRG to the European Community respectively the European Union, regulation of the European Posting of Workers Directive, only split 1: party affiliation of the federal politician Uta Neumann. Demography: sex; age; activity; profession; graduation; net household income. Additionally coded was: sentence or pagination number; region east / west; federal state; weighting factor; BIK Gemeinde type; split; rotation; wave.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-09-09 / 2008-09-10
    survey 1
  • 2008-10-08 / 2008-10-09
    survey 2
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking population aged 14 years and over in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
The study was financed by the Thyssen Foundation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4968 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2017-08-10

Westle, Bettina (2017): Politisches Wissen in Deutschland - Vorstudien (2008). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.